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Why study at UAL?

So, you may have heard of us but here's why should you study with us. As a Top 2 University for Art and Design according to the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject® there's something for everyone across our 6 Colleges.

Aside from statistics we're proud to support our students and graduates through teaching, extensive facilities and employment opportunities. On this page you'll find more details about why studying at UAL could be perfect for you. Learn about our outstanding resources and hear some specific guidance for US applicants from our academic staff, current students and graduates.

Hear from staff and students

Our facilities

Across our 6 Colleges we have an abundance of sophisticated facilities – ranging from the latest in technology to the most traditional tools. All of our facilities are there to help you realise your work alongside the knowledgeable support of specialist technicians to help develop your skills.

Did you know our Colleges also have a variety of special collections and archives that you can access as a UAL Student? Our Stanley Kubrick archive at London College of Communication (LCC) is particularly popular.

Learn more about our facilities.

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Shuqi Chen and Taslim Martin at Camberwell College of Arts

Industry connections

As creative educators it's important for us that students learn the skills they need to turn their passion into a career. We encourage students to partake in live industry briefs and internships to broaden their understanding and experience. Our student careers department is also on hand to help with resume advice and more.

We're proud to connect with a range of studios, brands and companies within the creative industry to create exciting opportunities for our students. Read about some of the companies our students have worked with during their time at UAL: Puma, Nike, L'Oréal Professionnel and Samsung.

Learn more about our industry connections.

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Miguel Desport and Marion Bisserier during their Internship at Pentagram


Talented UAL alumni have gone on to reimagine and reinvent the creative industries across the world. Perhaps it was one of our talented alumni that led you here?

Study with us and you'll graduate into the UAL Alumni Association, a global community of over 200,000 creative practitioners. You'll have the opportunity to attend events, share opportunities, network and collaborate.

Explore the work of  UAL's graduates in one curated space on the 2020 UAL Graduate Showcase our innovative response to COVID-19 restrictions.  You can view, interact with, and buy original work from UAL graduates who are becoming the newest names in art, design, fashion, communication, media and performing arts.

Learn about what to expect when you join our UAL graduate community

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Catia Silvestre, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womesnwear

not just a shop

Did you know we have a shop exclusively for our graduates' work? With everything from ceramics to socks, it's a store overflowing with talent.

We have a permanent shop based next to our High Holborn campus in central London and an online shop where you can explore the amazing things our graduates make.

Learn more about not just a shop

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Not Just a Shop